With the judgement on Ram Mandir issue, a major milestone is achieved. As the judgement said that the disputed land belongs to Hindus, it is time to see how history will see the whole Ayodhya movement. It should be remembered that the history of Ram Janmabhoomi movement is that of rising national consciousness. It actually united India in demanding that the birth place of Lord Rama should be honored with a magnificent temple. The movement transcended caste, creed, religion and geography. Here are the reasons why it should be seen through the prism of national integration.
Dubious South vs North Narrative Failed
From time to time, a group of opinion makers who put themselves in the bracket of ‘liberals’ have tried to portray that the southern and northern parts of India are very different in thinking and approach. But the Ram Mandir issue has shown to the world that when it comes to the core issues of national identity, India thinks alike and its emotion is one and strong.
The demand for building a temple for Lord Rama in Ayodhya has emerged from every nook and corner of the country. The bricks that were collected by the groups spearheading Ram Janmabhoomi movement were came from all over the nation, South, North, East and West. At the height of Ram Janmabhoomi movement, Kar Sevaks thronged from all the places from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh etc to Ayodhya. Even an article from the so-called liberal stable which painted the movement as divisive couldn’t stop from mentioning that “almost 200,000 villages sent bricks, 300,000 pujas of the Ram Shilas were performed and altogether about 100 million people attended the various processions that carried the bricks to and from Ayodhya.”
In fact, it is a Tamil Nadu born advocate K Parasaran who has played an important role in the Ayodhya verdict.
Ram Janmabhoomi Movement- A Social Unifier
Lord Rama inspires to shape the society without any caste discrimination. The shilanyas of the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya was performed by a Dalit – Kameshwar Chaupal- back in 1989.
An article published in the News18 website helps us to understand the massive impact this shilanyas gesture made on society. Kameshwar Chaupal himself had explained how the earlier bias based on caste diminished due to unification that was brought about in the name of Lord Ram.
Non-Hindus’ Contribution in Shaping a Truthful Narrative on Ayodhya
If anyone tries to portray the Ram Janmabhoomi movement on communal lines, arguing that it is just a religious issue, such persons should be told that it is the issue of Bharat and its identity.
It is to the credit of archeologist KK Muhammed who countered all the ‘eminent’ historians who were denying the existence of temple on the disputed site with evidence. Muhammed was part of the first ASI archaeological team led by B B Lal in 1976-77 and has strongly maintained that there is enough archaeological evidence to prove that there are temple remains below the Babri Masjid.
In the Supreme Court’s verdict, it has been clearly accepted that the mosque was not built on a vacant land, an indication that ASI’s reports played a big role in convincing the court of the existence of an earlier non-Islamic structure underneath.
From time to time, there were opinions expressed by the Muslim groups to hand over the site to Hindus for the peaceful settlement of the dispute.
Thus, Ayodhya and Ram Janmabhoomi movement reflects the spirit of India and spirit of national integration. Any narratives telling you the contrary is misleading and seeks to divide Indians.